Brule-St.Croix Legacy Forest
Photo by Ann Simonelli
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We’re working to create the 68,000-acre Brule-St.Croix Legacy Forest, slated to become Wisconsin’s largest conservation project. By preserving this sustainably managed working forest, we’re protecting public access to trails, clean water, small lakes and key habitat.
In 2012, we completed the first phase of this project, protecting nearly 45,000 acres; a second phase of more than 22,000 acres is slated to close in 2014.
Owned and managed by Lyme St. Croix Forest Company, the land is now covered by a working forest easement that will ensure public recreational access to 40 miles of hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobile and ATV trails, including a section of the North Country National Scenic Trail.
The conserved acreage features wildlife habitat for many game and non-game species including the black bear, white-tailed deer, sharp-tailed grouse, American woodcock, the federally endangered Kirtland’s warbler and numerous migratory songbirds.
In addition, more than 14 miles of streams and approximately 75 small lakes and ponds will be preserved. These bodies of water are located within the headwaters of the St. Croix and Bois Brule Rivers, which serve as sources of drinking water to many nearby towns. Under the easement, vast stretches of sustainably managed forestland will help to filter and clean the waterways while providing a steady flow of wood products to local mills.